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Can you mix antibiotics and alcohol?

Studies show booze won’t stop most treatments from working properly or cause unpleasant side-effects. However, the story isn’t quite that simple.<p>Women who are in the early stages of pregnancy, and who are not ready to share the happy news, know that turning down an alcoholic drink at a social …

Alcohol

Why time travellers cannot kill Hitler

Our pick of the week’s science and tech stories, including the recruitment drive for hackers and the problem with going back in time to assassinate leaders.<p>Why you can’t travel back in time and kill Hitler<br>Lauren Davis | i09 | 7 September 2013<br>All kinds of reasons, according to writers who have gamed …

Black Sea

Why all we knew about planets is wrong

We thought we knew how planets form, but the discovery of hundreds outside our Solar System changed all that, even what type of world can house life like ours.<p>Up to only a couple of decades ago the perception of our Solar System was so simple. Every planet is unique: Saturn has its spectacular …

Universe

What would happen if all satellites stopped working?

We don’t always realise how much we depend on satellites orbiting our planet. Our space correspondent imagines the impact on the planet if we completely lost transmission.<p>We may not always realise it, but we depend on space technology orbiting the Earth. So what would happen if it all stopped …

Storms

Does coffee really sober you up when drunk?

It’s an appealing idea that caffeine can cancel out the effects of too much alcohol. Sadly, studies reveal it is not that straightforward.<p>A few years ago I went to a play at my local theatre with some friends. My husband arrived late and a little jolly, having been to his office Christmas lunch and …

Alcohol

Will we ever… create a universal flu vaccine?

Our best hope for preventing a pandemic threat is to develop a vaccine that protects against all dangerous strains at once. How close are we to achieving this?<p>It takes just two shots of the MMR vaccine to protect a child against measles, mumps and rubella for life. The same is true for polio and …

Immunotherapy

What makes us extroverts and introverts?

Why do some people prefer adventure and the company of others, while others favour being alone? It’s all to do with how your brain processes rewards.<p>Will you spend Saturday night in a crowded bar, or curled up with a good book? Is your ideal holiday adventure sports with a large group of mates and, …

Personality

Does sugar make children hyperactive?

Dread birthday parties because of the effect cakes and drinks will have on your child? Evidence shows this actually affects parents’ behaviour, not the child’s.<p>Many of us have watched children arrive at a party as reasonable, polite human beings, eat copious amounts of cakes and sweets and then …

Diabetes

Why is there still no male contraceptive pill?

Our pick of the week’s science and tech stories, including male contraception, whether we could create an interstellar starship using available science and confessions of a Google Glass explorer.<p>Don’t ever take anything from Goldman<br>Michael Lewis | Vanity Fair | 1 August 2013<br>Sergei Aleynikov was …

Google Glass

Why the world is awesome in 60 facts

Did you know it's possible to make diamonds from peanut butter? Or that 99% of Earth's gold is at its core?<p>As it is YouTube Geek Week, the Earth Unplugged crew give you epic facts that show why the world is awesome. If you have more facts to add, head over to their comments section.<p><i>For more videos</i> …

Food